The Radiology Department of MMC is now offering low dose CT (LDCT) screenings for patients at-risk of getting lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), LDCT screenings have been shown to have a higher rate of detection early on, than traditional chest x-rays. ACS recommends patients who meet all of the following criteria may be candidates for lung cancer screening:
- 55 to 74 years old
- In fairly good health
- Have at least a 30 pack per year smoking history
- Are still smoking or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
If you feel you meet these criteria and would benefit from the screening, talk to your physician about receiving a referral.
In addition, the Department recently learned it has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. To achieve this status, MMC underwent a rigorous review process that included demonstrating nationally accepted standards of care, qualified staff to perform procedures and interpret medical images, and an assessment of equipment.
“We’re fortunate to have a team committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients,” says Director of Radiology JoAnne Wendt. “This accreditation just confirms our commitment to maintaining the highest level of patient safety standards with our technologically advanced equipment, quality control program and staff knowledge.”
The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. Along with CT, the Radiology Department of MMC provides comprehensive imaging services including robotic and diagnostic x-ray, fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, ultrasound, mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy to obtain detailed imagery and information to help physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and management of a patient’s medical condition.